BACOLOD CITY – The city government of Bacolod implemented a liquor ban anew starting August 1 amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
This was stated in Executive Order No. 50, issued by Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Friday, extending the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) here from July 31 to August 15.
Leonardia said in the order that selling or buying of liquor or any form of alcoholic beverages from the producers, distributors, retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, refreshment parlors, pubs, nightclubs, sari-sari stores, and other similar business entities, will be prohibited for the duration of the order, or until further notice.
The ban shall likewise cover the drinking and consumption of such alcoholic beverages in all public places, like in, but not limited to restaurants, refreshment parlors, pubs, nightclubs, sari-sari stores, and other similar business entities, or in any open public location like sidewalks, side-streets, alleys, streets, roads, open private areas/spaces without fences or enclosures, the order stated.
Any violation of the provision shall be subject to prosecution and penalty provided by any applicable law, it added.
The city first implemented a liquor ban during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), until this was lifted last June when the status was downgraded to MGCQ.
Under the same order, a proposal was made to implement an early curfew of 8 p.m to 4 a.m., instead of 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. However, the proposal will still be subject to the approval of the City Council. Exemptions shall be made for public emergencies, working night shifts in private establishments, need medical assistance, media practitioners, city government officials and policemen.
Leonardia also stated in the order the closure of three major public markets every Sunday starting August 9, until further notice.
The order also stated the home quarantine for vulnerable sectors, which included any person below 21 years old, sixty years old and above, those with immunodeficiency, comorbidity, and other health risks applicable to all ages, pregnant women, and those who care for these persons.
It is also stated the enforcement of localized lockdowns in the event of positive detection of COVID-19 in certain areas, which may spread and endanger the lives of the citizens in a specific house, street, neighborhood, barangay or locality or clusters of the mentioned areas.